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November 10, 1962

Staphylococcal Infections-Reply

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Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

JAMA. 1962;182(6):701. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050450100027

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To the Editor:—  I appreciate Dr. Trimble's comments and concur with his point of view. The crux of the matter is whether the staphylococcus demonstrated is actually the etiologic agent of the illness. It would have been desirable for me to have prefaced my answer with such a statement before proceeding to discuss the means of eradicating a proven infection.One of my colleagues, Dr. J. H. Geraci, has a particular interest in infectious diseases, and I asked his opinion. He commented as follows: "I have read your answer to the question posed by the M.D. in New Jersey, and I have read the letter from Dr. Trimble. I would agree with Dr. Trimble that the mere presence of staphylococcus in the nose of the allergic child and in the nose and throat of the parents does not constitute staphylococcal infection. If it could be demonstrated, however, that the staphylococcus